A Trifocal Lens of Student Wellness Programming Sustainability; Financial Support, Collaborative Partnerships and Faculty Well Being

Student mental and behavioral health programs are essential to a campus’ culture of overall health and wellness. Sustaining these programs takes money, on-going partnerships and motivated faculty. Listen as this three panel speaker of experts touches on these three factors of sustaining student behavioral health programming while providing applicable strategies and information to use on your campus.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will better understand the causes and consequences of workplace issues that affect faculty/staff wellbeing in higher education
  2. Participants will better understand organizational strategies to improve faculty/staff wellness and ensure the sustainability of partnerships.
  3. Identify strategies for sustaining stakeholder engagement.
  4. Describe organizational structures that can impact coalition sustainability.
  5. Participants will learn how to engage higher education policy stakeholders.
  6. Participants will learn how to identify federal/state funding sources for higher education prevention efforts.

Aimee Hourigan, M.Ed

Aimee Hourigan, M.Ed

Aimee Hourigan directs substance abuse prevention and education initiatives designed to promote low-risk behaviors and build a healthy campus environment at the University of South Carolina. Aimee leads a team which provides a comprehensive range of evidence-based prevention, environmental strategies, early intervention and recovery support services.


Aimee joined the SAPE office in July 2016 after coordinating campus substance abuse prevention efforts, peer education program, and the collegiate recovery community at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She earned a B.A. from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, a M.Ed. from James Madison University and a Graduate Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from the University of North Carolina.

Kevin R. McClure, Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin McClure, Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin R. McClure is an associate professor of higher education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Director of Communications at the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges. He is an expert on college organization, management, and finance, especially at broad-access institutions. He is the co-editor of Regional Public Universities: Addressing Misconceptions and Analyzing Contributions and Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions.


Dr. McClure’s public scholarship covers a range of topics, and throughout the pandemic he has written viral articles on morale, burnout, disengagement, staffing, and leadership in higher education. He will soon begin an endowed professorship and embark on a three-year project studying how to improve the academic workplace.

Allison Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Allison Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Allison Smith has spent the last 10 years working in the field of substance mis/use prevention and recovery in higher education, with eight of those years being spent at Louisiana State University before an entity move to the Louisiana Board of Regents, where she currently works as the Assistant Commissioner for Student Health and Wellness.


A consistent passion for Allison is addressing diversity, equity, inclusion and access in the world of prevention programming and recovery in higher education – on both the student and staff sides. Through her love of conversation and collaboration, Allison enjoys connecting multiple parties to create innovative yet practical solutions and making “hard” or “difficult” conversations empathetic, informative and actionable to create a more just and equitable world.